THE INDEX

The summer of my 13th birthday I went to art school in NYC. It was an incredible experience to paint with oils, sketch in charcoal, and draw with pastels.

Later, instead of the traditional college route, I decided to go to culinary school and immersed myself in French classic cooking and pastry. Then I moved to New Orleans. All of it came together: cooking, painting and writing.  

Inspiration was everywhere. 

I returned to Los Angeles as a young mother. Some years and two more children later, I began The Sensual Foodie blog because I wanted to write about food, love and living a passionate life. 

Soon I found myself writing posts for The Sensual Foodie as a form of creative expression to transform daily life into a feast for the senses.

I needed the inspiration back then, but now I'm living out my dreams, creating delicious recipes and experiencing pleasure with a zest for life.

oh, you want MORE OF MY STORY?

By writing about food and seeking beauty from the inside out, I discovered pleasure again. 

I want to share my story with you so you can be inspired. Your life could use a pinch or two of some delicious spice, right? 

Part of why I love connecting on Instagram and sharing my photos is to inspire others. It gives me joy to hear back from someone who says: "every time I see one of your posts it makes me happy. I feel so inspired!"

Inspiring women to feel better about what they are eating, how much pleasure they get from making fresh food, and what inspires them to feel beautiful at any age are totally high vibes! 


Back in 2011, I was 41. I began my blog The Sensual Foodie because I missed experiencing life's pleasures: feeling passion, being joyful, energetic and vibrant.

Back then I was an overworked, exhausted, stressed out single mom. I forgot about dreams, goals, and passions. I had just entered my 40s and oh, hello, sudden menopause! Plus, I was so defeated by life's challenges. I felt bloated and tired no matter how much I exercised or how clean and healthy I ate, and gosh, I went raw vegan for nearly one year straight. But I looked so much older than I was. I wasn't feeling good about myself. Something had to change. Have you ever felt that way?

I was a free spirit in my twenties. Traveled the country by train, wrote poetry in my journal, photographed the landscape, places and people. I painted oil paintings, made French pastries, listened to jazz. I dreamed about a romantic life, thinking there was so much time for more pleasure and creativity...

In my thirties, I became a mother to three children. I worked too much, slept little, craved being creative but found myself disconnected to my creativity.

So, in my forties, I realized it was time to reignite my strength, passion and creative power all over again. To feel desirable, sexy, fun, and to enjoy life.

After being in a state of stress with an early onset of menopause, I knew I needed to reconnect with passion. Living a passionate life isn't as effortless as it seems. It asks for us to be present, to go through the darkest places in our soul in order to bring out the brightest jewels, to be vulnerable, to live every moment as if it was our last. Feeling youthful and looking ageless isn't all about the surface. It's more than green smoothies or beauty creams. It's about finding your true creative self and being in love with life.

'You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.'

- elizabeth gilbert

We believe in lazy mornings, short breaks, long kisses, and moments that feel like they go on forever.

Adventure is the cure for anything that ails you, but it's somehow also true that there's no place like home with the one you love.

- coco chanel

‘You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty,
and irresistible for the rest of your life.’

my motto:

NEXT SET

Tea is an everyday pleasure. I have black tea in the morning, matcha tea during the day, jasmine tea when I feel tired, and herbal tea in the evening to help me relax.

01. I NEVER SKIP

hot tea

One of my favorite looks is the pin-up look: an hourglass dress, high heels, all the more glamorous with smoky eye makeup, lush lashes, and a pretty lip color.

02. love my

  pin up couture

I wore a hot pink retro style dress during my tv appearance on MasterChef (everyone else wore black). The pink dress was by Pin Up Girl Clothing in their sexy wiggle style. 

03. I'M KNOWN FOR

wearing that dress 

 Yes, I love avocado toast. Avocados are a daily thing for me. I truly believe that my skin glows because of avocados.

04. ADDICTED TO

avocados

How can I resist champagne? When given a choice between a glass of wine or champagne, I'll take bubbly!

05. LIFE IS BETTER WITH

CHAMPAGNE

PREVIOUS SET

Vanilla is such a luscious scent. I used to wear floral perfumes, however vanilla reminds me of happy moments baking in my kitchen and creamy vanilla milkshakes. (Sometimes I daub vanilla extract on my neck.)

06. my FAVE scent: 

vanilla

plant-based cheesecakes, fruit tarts, cupcakes, crumble bars, smoothies that taste like milkshakes, I'm pretty good at making things naturally sweet! 

07.I love to Make:

vegan desserts 

taking a stroll through a beautiful garden refreshes the mind, body and soul. Take off your shoes, feel the grass and damp earth, smell the green plants and blossoming flowers.

08. I LOVE

walking in the gardens

Being talented in many ways (cooking, baking, drawing, painting, music, poetry) makes choosing one thing difficult. But guess what? You might be multi-passionate like me.

09. multi-passionate

 creativity

Okay, the truth is: I'm a matcha tea addict. Matcha is a must-have item in my tea cabinet. From the fancy ceremony matcha to the culinary grade, I love all things matcha.

1o. LIFE IS BETTER WITH

matcha

THINGS

FAVORITE

a few of my

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@stephaniedujour

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